Thursday, December 2, 2010

It's December...Christmas is coming

It's December and Christmas is almost here.  Our Christmas tree is up and all decorated.  It seems like yesterday we were celebrating the girls first Christmas.  We are happy to celebrate having Rachel and Haley home with us for their second Christmas, but their first one at home.  It will be so much fun to watch them Christmas morning tearing up the wrapping paper on their gifts.  Along with the Christmas excitement building we are also excited with the new occupational therapy Rachel and Haley are getting.  As mentioned before, Rachel is aversive to eating foods by mouth and therefore is fed through her g-tube.  We got an answer to our prayers when an occupational therapist was recommended to us that specializes in feeding issues like Rachel's.  The occupational therapist just started seeing the girls and they are already making some progress.  The OT comes to our house everyday and has both Rachel and Haley on an intensive sensory diet.  This sensory diet is all about sensory input and we have to give them specific sensory input every 2 hours.  The girls missed out on a lot of natural steps/sensory input while they were in the NICU and that is what has caused some of the feeding issues with Rachel.  Haley will also benefit from this sensory diet to help channel some of her feisty energy.  We are so thrilled to have this OT help us with getting Rachel to eat.  It will be great to see her eat and progress in that area. This Christmas Season we are so eternally grateful for our precious girls. They have filled our home with such tremendous joy and happiness. We are so thankful to all who have helped our girls progress and become much stronger. 

Our Christmas Tree

Rachel in the jumper.  She used to not like being in it, but now she likes it.
Rachel playing amongst a lot of toys.  Our living room is filled with toys.
Haley playing
Haley playing with her lighted vibrating ball

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